“I’m the King of Rock, there is none higher! Sucka
mc’s should call me Sire!” These words are embedded in our psyche
as representatives of one of the best groups to ever be birthed in the genre of
As one third of the trio who basically grew up in hip-hop and brought it from
adolescence to adulthood, DMC of Run DMC is still schoolin sucka mc’s
on what’s good, and not so good in this rap game.
Still carrying the love for his brother Jam Master Jay in his heart and in
his music, DMC has seen some of everything there is to see in this business.
With a new solo album about to drop, the evolution of the pioneer takes us higher.
- There’s a whole lot going on in hip-hop right now, what’s your
take on it?
DMC- Right now the competition level is much higher because of all the money
being made,,when it used to just be my rhyme is better than your rhyme, your
dj is fake my dj is better than yours. I think a lot of people feel like they
have a lot to lose, I mean it’s good to get paid, but that’s not
the essence of hip-hop. Hip-hop is a culture, it’s a way of life.
AllHipHop.com: - So you think the money is what messes up everything?
DMC- Yep, well no, the money doesn’t mess it up, the love of money messes
everything up. The love of money is what’s evil.
AllHipHop.com: Why do you think it’s so hard for the old-skoolers to
get paid their just due?
DMC- The people controlling the industry don’t spend the money to keep
the memories alive. They don’t respect it enough. Like when you look at
Jazz or Rock & Roll, they spend money to keep putting out albums to give
the artists a chance to make the music forever. It’s ridiculous when somebody
says when I get 35 I don’t wanna be rapping. Rapping is a form of expression.
It’s like Frank Sinatra saying when I get 50 I ain’t gonna sing
no more, it’s music. The difference is you don’t want to be rapping
about what you were rapping about at 22 now. Cause when you get 40 years old
it’s gonna be different stuff to talk about. But hopefully I can break
that barrier because I have a solo album coming out.
AllHipHop.com: - Great segue, what’s the album about and what’s
called Checks, Thugs, & Rock-N-Roll It’s about life. You
know I can’t rap about things I used to back in the day, I can’t
go around sayin I’m the King of Rock or rapping about my Adidas because
those things aren’t important. For me, I gotta educate the little kids,
I gotta motivate the little kids, that’s what’s important.
AllHipHop.com: - What are some of the things you see that’ s wrong with
hip-hop right now?
DMC- I just think all the images are repetitive. Everybody’s doing the
same thing. Everybody’s rapping about the same things, we need a little
versatility. Everybody’s driving the same cars, having the same party,
but hopefully things can begin to change.
AllHipHop.com: - Speaking of change, are you voting in the upcoming election?
DMC- If there’s really someone worthwhile to vote for (he laughs) But
I do believe everyone should exercise their right to vote. Voting is very personal.
It’s a very personal decision to make.
AllHipHop.com: - If you could nominate any hip-hop artist to run for office,
who would it be?
DMC- Chuck D, and that’s not because he’s militant, but because
he has knowledge of history. Not just his Black history but he has knowledge
of all history, government, community and he’s my idol. I love him.
AllHipHop.com: Are you and Run going to be doing anything together soon?
DMC- Well on my solo album me and Run do have a record together
but we’re not going to perform as Run DMC anymore out of respect to Jay,
but he’s on the album. Although it’s Run & DMC we’re just
not gonna call it that, even though that’s what it will ALWAYS be.